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Exhibit Dramatizes Once (And Future?) Theater

NEW DISPLAY AT GOHS

Exhibit Dramatizes Once

(And Future?) Theater

At the new GOHS exhibit, FOTOT President Patrice Macaluso discusses the Oneonta Theatre’s history of entertaining Oneonta, and her hopes for its revival. (Ian Austin/AllTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – If we want to save the Oneonta Theatre, Patrice Macaluso says, we cannot just look to the past.

“It has always changed with the times,” she said. “We can’t get wedded to what it was.”

The changing face of the Oneonta Theatre is the subject of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “The Oneonta Theatre: Reflecting Popular Culture Since 1897,” curated by Macaluso.

The exhibit traces the whole history of the venue, from the very first show in 1898 – “The Sporting Dutchess” starring Madame Modjeska, the most famous actress of the day – up to the present, where a recent marketing study and feasibility study hold the key to whether the downtown institution can be saved – or not.

$3M Would Reopen Theatre, But With Foothills Involved

$3M Would Reopen Theatre,

But With Foothills Involved

Patrice Macaluso, Friends of the Oneonta Theater (FOTOT) president, said she believes the conversation started by Webb Associates’ strategic plan for the for-now closed cinema constitutes “progress.” Her remarks came after Duncan Webb, at podium, reported it would take $3 million in repairs and renovations to reopen the theater, and $300,000 annually would need to be generated in revenues. For the Oneonta to fully flower would take $10 million, his study concluded. Webb said SUNY Oneonta is not interested in collaborating at this time, and FOTOT should seek a collaboration with Foothills Performing Arts Center. He added, “Oneonta Theater really shouldn’t proceed independently.”  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
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